Despite your feelings regarding Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, this little nugget of behind-the-scenes footage is a particular gem. For those who’ve seen the film, you’ll remember this as the steadicam one-take at the conclusion of the film. Props to Steadicam operator Larry McConkey for attaching the GoPro camera atop during the sequence.

Watching the actors hit their marks, furniture getting moved, and sets getting pulled out during the sequence is more than interesting, whether you’re a master filmmaker or a passing fan of film.

I love the heavy breathing at the end.  That was not as easy as it looked.

(Reblogged from fuckyeahbehindthescenes)
When, then, is the appropriate time to talk about gun violence? According to gun advocates, it wasn’t after another black teenager was shot in a parking lot because he was listening to loud music. It wasn’t after another mass murder at one of our schools, shopping malls, or movie theaters. It wasn’t in a year when another 11,000 Americans lost their lives to firearms, or in a country where 1,800 women like Kasandra Perkins are killed in gun disputes and another 5,000 are treated for assault-related gunshot wounds every year. It wasn’t during presidential debates. It wasn’t after Trayvon Martin was killed for wearing a hoodie, after Jared Lee Loughner shot a member of Congress in the head, after the Dark Knight Rises theater shooting, or after the latest murderous weekend in one of our nation’s biggest cities. So if those weren’t the right times, and this isn’t either, when?
(Reblogged from think-progress)

Scott Adams is an idiot, cont’d…

 Funnily enough, if you google "Scott Adams quotes" the first one that comes up is:

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep." 

Maybe if he considered political conspiracy musings as high an art form as three-panel comic strips featuring talking animals we all could be spared the unsightly bruising that accompanies so many palm slaps to the forehead.

Keyboards have delete keys for the same reason pencils have erasers.  Everyone writes stupid shit but most people catch themselves in time.

 Also, Adams has this one:

"If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask?  Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?"

No, Scott.  They don’t.

For the record, I still like Dilbert.  And I find the talking animals amusing as well.

Maybe he just has a REALLY good sense of humor…

There’s only a handful of comic strips that I will read now that I’m an “adult”.  Most of them are the strips that I didn’t find funny when I wasn’t an “adult”.

Doonesbury is fuckin’ hilarious to me now.

So is Dilbert.  Ever since I started working at a job that I greatly dislike with many people who appear to be braindead I can really appreciate the humor.

For instance, I recently had to sit through a very polite 20 minute dressing-down because I ended my calls with “thanks for calling _____” instead of “thanks for choosing _____”.

But I’ve recently noticed, much to my disappointment, that Dilbert creator Scott Adams seems to be an idiot.  Not the type of idiot who I speak with everyday that can’t grasp the concept of linear inches or the type of idiot that I work with everyday who want to micromanage every word that comes out of my mouth, but the type of creative idiot who lives in a vacuum with his ideas and never stops to run them through the gauntlet of critical thought before putting them in print.

Blogs will do this to you.

For instance, Adams endorsed Mitt Romney, a 65-year-old man who has never used caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco on moral grounds, because he thought Romney would legalize pot.  It was a bizarre failure of logic that I assumed was a one-off.  

I was wrong.

His latest entry leads with "I think the long term trajectory for any democracy is toward a military dictatorship."  


By Adams’ calculations we’re already halfway there.

The halfway point between a civilian-led military and a military dictatorship would have these key markers:

1. The military would appear oversized despite budget problems. (check)

2. Top generals would have lavish lifestyles. (check)

3. The country would be in a state of continuous serial warfare. (check)

4. Generals would get rich upon retirement. (check)

5. Civilian leadership in military matters would be mostly cosmetic. (check)

I won’t question his checklist, but he goes on to warn that all it will take for a military takeover of the United States is for the next war to produce a celebrity general who will use "his military connections to consolidate power. He would also have access to vast private wealth via the defense companies that would happily do his bidding in return for contracts."

Holy shit!  I’d never considered the danger of celebrity generals entering politics before!  Jesus Christ!  Think of what might have happened if after the Revolutionary War we had elected some goddamn general as our first president!  Or if after the Civil War, when our country was barely left standing, what if some celebrity general assumed the presidency with no qualifications other than he won some famous battle?  Or if after World War II, after we saved the world from the fucking Nazis, what if some asshole military guy actually ran for president and won?  Think of the state of the country if say, nearly 3/4 of our presidents had served in the military and then somehow exploited that service as a useful tool to get elected!  Man, just…. just…. think about it!

My favorite part of this brain fart comes at the end when Adams says, "Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex. One assumes he knew what he was talking about." With absolutely no mention that Eisenhower is the epitome of the celebrity general he is so terrified of.  

This is my main problem with people today.  The inability for critical thought. Just because you have a thought in your head does not mean it is a good one.  If the thought you have cannot stand up to five seconds of impartial evaluation then it should probably not be voiced.

Or as Abraham Lincoln, the man who came closer to a military dictator than any celebrity general ever has in this country’s history, said, it is ""Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

(Source: dilbert.com)

It’s better to know something and never need it…

It’s better to know something and never need it…

(Reblogged from criminalwisdom)

Dumb Conversations I Have At Work…

I work for an airline and spend ten hours a day speaking to people on the phone.  I easily talk to one hundred people a day.  I can say with absolute confidence that at least 5% of the world’s population are semi-functioning morons.  Before I started this job I would have said the percentage is much higher, but after 2 1/2 years of collecting data it seems that 5% is fairly on the mark.

For instance, I once had this conversation with an airline employee at the Minneapolis Airport:

Moron: Do you speak African?

Me: What?

Moron: I have a passenger who missed her flight but she only speaks African.  There’s a baggage handler here from the same tribe but he’s about to leave.

Me: There’s no such language as African.  What country is she from?

Moron: Nairobi?

Me: Nairobi is a city.

Moron: She keeps saying Nairobi.

Me: Is she Kenyan?

Moron: No, she’s African.

Me: Does she speak Swahili?

Moron: I already told you!  She speaks African!

Me: Say the word “Swahili” to her.

Moron: (long pause) Okay, she’s nodding.

Me: That’s because you’re finally making sense.  Put her on the phone.

This person is employed by my company.  She’s out there in the world dealing with people on a daily basis as a function of her job.

You should probably avoid Minneapolis as a rule from now on.

From the Maddow Blog:

A little zen to start you off whether you are still recovering from family, food, and/or football. This is an installation of hundreds of aluminum weather vanes on the side of the Randall Museum in San Francisco. Entitled Windswept, these vanes capture the wind patterns over the building both large and small. Artist Charles Sowers aims to create works “that allow us insight into normally invisible or unnoticed phenomena.” My take: the wind patterns illustrated by these vanes are both useful data and abstract beauty.

Seen on the Khaosan Road in Bangkok, Thailand.  Possibly the most brilliant panhandling tactic ever.

The sign said something like, “Dogs orphaned during flood.  Please donate.  Give 10 baht and pet a puppy.”

That lady made so much money.


Peter O’Toole was nearly killed during the first take of the Aqaba scene. A gun (used to signal the beginning of the scene) went off prematurely, and O’Toole’s camel panicked, throwing him to the ground, while the extras on horseback began charging. Fortunately for O’Toole, his camel stayed still and stood over O’Toole, saving him from being trampled.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)


Peter O’Toole was nearly killed during the first take of the Aqaba scene. A gun (used to signal the beginning of the scene) went off prematurely, and O’Toole’s camel panicked, throwing him to the ground, while the extras on horseback began charging. Fortunately for O’Toole, his camel stayed still and stood over O’Toole, saving him from being trampled.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
(Reblogged from fuckyeahbehindthescenes)